7. Sir Philip Sidney and Hubert Languet
The French diplomat Hubert Languet and English courtier Sir Philip Sydney met and fell in love during a dangerous time, according to historian Rictor Norton. Languet had been a vocal supporter of the Huguenots up until the group was massacred, and Languet and Sydney would flee France together. The men would live a quiet life in Frankfurt and later Vienna. Sydney’s work eventually led to him traveling to Venice with a count, but the men continued to correspond in letters that preserve their romantic feelings for the ages. “My affection for you has somehow come to bewitch my soul,” Languet wrote to Sydney on one occasion.